Fecal Matter Bacteria Pollutes Billy’s Creek at High Rates

by | Jun 26, 2019 | Bacteria Monitoring, Press

Originally published by WINK News on June 26, 2019

Waterways are contaminated with fecal matter, including creeks and rivers that are in some neighbors backyards.

Anna Vasquez lives right on Billy’s Creek. She worries about people who consume fish and get into the water.

“There’s people that go fishing and it’s nasty,” Vasquez said. “I wouldn’t eat the fish from there.”

John Cassani, who works for Calusa Waterkeeper, said Billy’s Creek and Estero Bay are polluted with fecal matter, along with bacteria at alarming rates. To close a beach down, there needs to be an indicator of 70.

“We’re seeing levels frequently over a thousand,” Cassani said.

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